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The Record Keeper

The Record Keeper
Story line
Engaging Factor
Directors rating
Good concept
Good acting
Great dialogue
Wanted more
Lacking wow factor
More/better VFX

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Short Film Review of “The Record Keeper”


[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Record Keeper is a science fiction drama about a man who explores the universe and must make a choice of working in total isolation from mankind or living on earth. This short film explores the psyche of a man that has a unique gift that is desired the world over. But what we may view as a gift, our 286 year old record keeper  has lived long enough to see just how much this gift has cost him.

The director, Dave Bundtzen has done a good job in taking  a potentially big idea and condensing it into a bite-sized short film. The clever five-minute dialogue manages to take us on a journey through space and time.

when it comes to the acting I think Adam Venker (The Record Keeper) gives a solid performance. It helps that he has a great, soothing voice something that is needed especially for a five-minute monologue.

The lighting setup is spot-on, and the sound team done a great job. It just goes to show that if you can get the basics right, you don’t need anything fancy to make an interesting and enjoyable short film.

Some things that could have made this short film just that little bit better: Personally I would liked to have seen some visual effects, especially because this short film was set a few hundred years in the future if they could of somehow mixed in a element of graphic overlays like Sight then this would of added an to the fill of the short .

How you could have used the VFX: The Visual Effects would have been a great way to tie in and blend together some of the scenes, sometimes it can be very difficult to get consistency between scenes especially when you are using both live footage which you have shot yourself and stock footage / photos.

The subtle use of visual effects would have gone a long way towards helping the stock footage/pictures not standout as much.

So in conclusion: this is a great budget short film. The writer / director found a good way of telling a engaging story without breaking the bank and at the same time still maintain a good level of quality and integrity to the story. We look forward to seeing what Dave Bundtzen has in store for us next.


Interview with ikbenbrand director of

Life is Beautiful

Tell us a little bit about yourself how you got into filmmaking?

I started making movies when i was ten years old. I saw Jaws and the next day made a model boat and got a rubber shark and shot in my parents swimming pool. I called it Jaws Jr. and I have been making movies ever since. It is my love and passion to tell stories. I love to learn and try to constantly evolve and challenge myself as a filmmaker with each new project.

How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

The Record Keeper came about from my observations of how our careers affect our lives. We are constantly pushing ourselves to work harder and longer hours for monetary gain or career status, yet we don’t always consider the ramifications it can have on our lives. The idea of creating a project that spoke about this and was set in the future could be really interesting.

What challenges did you face?

The project is a different style of science fiction film. When you say you want to make a scifi film people immediately think of hardware like space ships and blasters. But i wanted to tell this from the perspective of the main character only. The hardware was not the primary focus and is more muted.

Second,  i had never done a project like this before. It was extremely challenging and scary for me,  but i feel i grew tremendously from this project and I am so happy with the final result.

What are your plans moving forward?

I have a new project that i am writing called “59 Minutes” which is a dramatic, love story. Again I am trying a  new genre and this project will definitely be challenging. I can’t wait to shoot it.



Main Genre: Sci-fi films

Budget: £0 – £1000
How long did it take to shoot: 1 Day – 1 Week
Film location (country): United States
Film location (city): San Jose

Filmed on: Sony NEX FS100

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